Browsing All posts tagged under »Ottawa«

A Portrait In History: Me, My Grandmother, and Colonialism

October 16, 2016


It never occurred to me that colonialism also had a role to play. That isn’t too surprising, I guess. A sickness has to be named before it can be diagnosed.

My Place In Your History

September 11, 2016


The problem with family legends -- like history -- is that the facts often get in the way of a neat, clean, and simple story.

My Betrayal: A Short History of My Search History In My Search for My Family’s History

August 7, 2016


My foolish acceptance of Morton’s false history, however, is not even the most troubling aspect of this short history of my search for my family’s history.

Seven Shades of Colonialism: Through the Looking Glass of Cultural Genocide

June 30, 2016


Here’s the strange thing. My grandmother was an Indian, she presented herself to my class as an Indian, but it never occurred to me that I was an Indian too.

Is Stephen Harper a Symptom or the Cause of What Ails Ottawa? Discuss!

January 14, 2015


My question to you: Is Stephen Harper a symptom of what ails Ottawa or the cause?

An Eulogy for Apartment 601: The Incubating Paralysis of Freedom.

June 23, 2014


The punchline: Apartment 601 is my least favorite apartment I have ever lived in. The story of my stay in that apartment provides one summary of the story of my time in Ottawa.

2014: After A Well Jibbed 2013, A Janus Year Awaits

January 1, 2014


2013, this time last year, I liked the cut of your jib. It seems that I was right to do so. It’s been a pretty good year. The most significant event, I suppose, was being given a permanent position at work. After two years on short-term contracts, a couple years of freelance work before that, […]